Count as nonexempt unearned income any dividends, interest, royalties, trust fund payments, and all other direct money payments from any source that can be thought of as a gain or benefit that is not exempt.
Establishment-Specific Gift Card
An establishment-specific gift card, such as a department store gift card, that can only be used to purchase goods and services at the establishment offering the card is exempt as an asset and exempt as income (see PM 07-04-09).
Credit Card Company Gift Card
A credit card company gift card, such as American Express, MasterCard, or Visa is considered as cash on hand (see PM 07-04-09). If provided regularly and can be reasonably anticipated, consider a credit card company gift card exempt as an asset, but nonexempt as income.
Every Dollar Counts Research Project
Every Dollar Counts (EDC) is a research project being conducted by the University of Chicago Poverty Lab and the Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights. Participants in the Every Dollar Counts Research Project will receive either $50 or $1000 a month. The income is Exempt unearned income for up to 60 months when determining eligibility